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Update on Recent Department of Energy Rulemaking Activities

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the following regulatory actions of potential interest to Hong Kong and mainland Chinese exporters of conventional cooking products and walk-in cooler and freezer refrigeration systems.

Cooking Products
The DOE is proposing new and amended energy conservation standards for residential conventional cooking tops and conventional ovens. The agency has tentatively concluded that the proposed standards represent the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that is technologically feasible and economically justified and would save a significant amount of energy. In addition, products achieving the proposed standard levels are already commercially available for at least some, if not most, covered product classes. If adopted, these standards would apply to all covered products manufactured in or imported into the United States on or after the date that is three years after the publication of a final rule. Comments, data, and information on this proposal are due no later than 3 October.

Certain Refrigeration Systems
The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including walk-in coolers and freezers. EPCA also requires the DOE to periodically determine whether more stringent, amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would save a significant amount of energy. The agency is now proposing new energy conservation standards for certain categories of walk-in cooler and freezer refrigeration systems and plans to hold a public meeting on 29 September to receive input on these proposed standards along with their accompanying analyses. The agency will also accept comments, data and information from interested parties by 14 November.

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